Doraville, GA, January 2019—Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, is home to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command headquarters. At an elevation of more than 6,000 feet, winter temperatures there often dip into the teens and 20s, and snowfall can average 25 inches a season. With some 8,000 workers at the base, reducing winter-related slip-and-fall accidents is a serious concern. To help meet the challenge, the base’s facility maintenance team recently installed HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats to keep a building walkway clear of snow and ice.
“Typically, we use salt and chemicals around the base, but the heavy foot traffic of this particular location brought residue into the building, creating a safety hazard and damaging interior floors. We wanted an alternative solution and found one with HeatTrak,” said Jeffrey Baumgartner, resource advisor at the base.
HeatTrak’s snow-melting mat systems are designed to prevent snow and ice accumulation at industrial facilities and commercial environments, according to senior HeatTrak product specialist Ryan Williams. He explained that HeatTrak mats prevent new snow from accumulating by melting it on contact at a rate of two inches per hour.
“Our snow melting mats are durable and stand up to heavy foot traffic. They have made a significant difference at Peterson by keeping the walkway clear of snow and ice without compromising on cleanliness. The issue the team there had is a common one at workplace facilities. Our mats have become the ‘go-to’ solution to address this problem,” Williams said.
HeatTrak is the original inventor of portable snow melting mats. With more than 50,000 mats in use around North America, the company has become the industry expert in snow removal matting products. Its electrically heated snow melting mats plug into any standard 120V, 208V or 240V electrical outlet, melting snow and ice on contact. HeatTrak products help facility managers reduce slip-and-fall rates, thereby reducing their liability exposure and helping to lower their insurance premiums.
“Keeping people safe is our number-one priority. With HeatTrak mats we’ve seen a decline in slip-and-fall accidents and, commensurately, a decrease in our liability risk,” Baumgartner said.
HeatTrak is the developer and primary manufacturer of outdoor heated matting products. Founded in 2004, the company’s products are an efficient, convenient, and economical way to eliminate snow and ice accumulation around the workplace. More than 50,000 mats are in use throughout North America at facilities that include Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, and universities. Read more about HeatTrak and the company’s complete range of solutions at https://heattrak.com/